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  • Time to pay your property taxes

    Monday is the deadline to pay 2010 property taxes.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said people who pay after the deadline will be assessed a penalty of 1.5 percent.

    That amount increases by 1.5 percent each month the taxes are late.

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    Eblen said the office will be open on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Customers hate paying for sewer they don't use

    An increase in Roane County sewer rates is not what drew the ire of two people who showed up for a recent public hearing on the matter.

    “I thought Russia was the only place you had to pay for something you didn’t get,” said Lewis Jordan of K&K Lock and Key. “To me, it’s the principle of the thing.”

    Jordan’s complaint refers to the mandate that anyone with access to county sewer lines is required to pay the monthly fee, regardless of whether they receive the service.

  • Next step pondered for Rockwood utility operation

    It’s been months now since Rockwood City Council dissolved and then took over as the Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Gas Board.

    The city established an advisory board to make recommendations to the utility.

    Officials are saying they are taking steps to implement some of those suggestions.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who has been the most demanding for changes within the utility, wants to move forward with the general manager search.

  • Fishing around
  • Laid-off ambulance worker speaks out

    Jack Jinks’ first assignment was overseeing the Roane County Office of Emergency Services.
    Now County Executive Ron Woody has him doing the same at the ambulance department.
    “We’re starting a little bit more hands-on management at the ambulance department because of some of the issues,” Woody said.
    The ambulance department was a hot topic at the Feb. 14 commission meeting. Woody assigned Jinks to the department the next day.    

  • County vehicle burns

    A Roane County ambulance was one of the vehicles that got destroyed in last week’s fire at Turpin Auto in Harriman.
    “It was our backup ambulance,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
    Woody said the loss shouldn’t disrupt service.
    He said the county has five ambulances that run 24 hours a day and one that runs 10 hours a day.
    “If we were to have one to go out, the ambulance that just runs 10 hours a day would become a 24-hour ambulance,” he said.

  • Sides square off over teacher negotiations

    The president of the Roane County Education Association is no fan of the bill that would abolish teachers unions’ ability to negotiate with local boards of education.

    In fact, Jeff Davis, RCEA president and a teacher at Rockwood High School, called the bill a blatant attack on the Tennessee Education Association and its members.

  • HUB begins process of seeking new manager

    Harriman Utility Board is taking its time looking for someone to fill the manager role that Chuck Flora will be vacating this summer.

    The board approved moving forward on the search at its special-called meeting Thursday.

    Applications will be taken until March 25.

    Moving forward included approving the advertisement to be run in local and trade publications.

  • Princess Theater's polish beginning to shine

    Harriman’s Princess Theater holds a special place in the hearts of many.

    Mayor Chris Mason is one of them.

    “I was about 3 or 4. I got in trouble because I had too many Milk Duds in my mouth,” Mason said. “That embarrassed me to death. Funny how things stick with you like that.”

    Contractor Bill Milburn, president of Southeast Contractors, also has a fondness for the theater he is helping renovate.

    “This is where I had my first date with my wife,” Milburn said.

  • Houstons face lawsuit alone

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer have co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by Pat Brown.

    All the county defendants, including former sheriff David Haggard, have been dismissed from the lawsuit.

    Brown filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court in 2007.

    Her son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones on May 11, 2006, when they were killed in a shootout with the Houston brothers.